bonze

bonze

[bonz]
noun
a Buddhist monk, especially of Japan or China.

Origin:
1580–90; < Middle French < Portuguese bonzo or Neo-Latin bonzius < Japanese bonsō, bonzō ordinary priest (bon- ordinary + priest < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese fán-sēng); or < dialectal Japanese bonzu for bōzu priest

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bonze (bɒnz)
 
n
a Chinese or Japanese Buddhist priest or monk
 
[C16: from French, from Portuguese bonzo, from Japanese bonsō, from Sanskrit bon + priest or monk]

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